Quid Nunc String Bean Salad with Creamy Watercress Dressing

Courtesy of Kitchen Conspirators
TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
YIELD: 20 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

STRING BEAN SALAD:
  • 6 cups fresh string beans
  • 3 red onions
  • 12 ounces arugula
  • Dill
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, halved, yolks removed and crumbled
PARSLEY PESTO:
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
CREAMY WATERCRESS DRESSING:
  • 4 bunches watercress, washed
  • 3 ounces Fromage d'Auvergne (or any bleu cheese)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
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      Directions

      Quid Nunc String Bean:
      Trim, rinse and dry string beans thoroughly. Rinse and dry arugula thoroughly. Slice red onion into thin rings. Saute onions lightly in olive oil until translucent; reserve. In a large saucepan, heat water to a slight boil. Add string beans, and cook for 45 seconds. Strain in a colander and rinse the beans quickly with cold water. Trim, rinse and dry dill. Chop it roughly.

      Parsley Pesto:
      Combine all ingredients in a food processor.Pulse until thoroughly pureed. Add additional olive oil if you want a smoother pesto. Salt to taste.

      Creamy Watercress Dressing (Yeild 2 cups):
      Roughly chop 3 bunches of watercress (reserve 1), place it in a medium saucepan and add buttermilk so that it is just covered. Warm the buttermilk over low heat for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Let cool at room temperature for up to 1 hour. This will steep the watercress and allow its flavor to be extracted. In a food processor, puree the buttermilk and watercress mixture, along with the reserved buttermilk and watercress. Add salt and pepper, Fromage d'Auvergne, vinegar, 1 bunch watercress and process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.

      Assemble:
      Toss arugula, dill and red onions in Creamy Watercress Dressing until coated. Place in center of the plate, lay string beans along the edge and set the hard-boiled egg white atop the greens. Fill the center of the egg white with parsley pesto. Garnish with crumbled egg yolks.

      Series: Kitchen Conspirators
      Episode: High Society - Dinner (Ep. 2: Part 6)


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